Many elderly adults undergo hip replacement surgery in their lifetime. Hip replacement surgery repairs damaged hip joints that usually result from arthritis. If you are experiencing intense pain that limits your ability to live comfortably, your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery.
This type of surgery is often difficult to recover from because it limits mobility. You can prepare for a smooth recovery by hiring an at-home healthcare provider to assist you.
Here are some ways a healthcare provider can help you recover after hip replacement surgery.
Most doctors recommend that you don’t drive for a few weeks following hip replacement surgery. You may need help traveling after your surgery to places like the hospital, grocery store, or physical therapy sessions.
If you don’t have a close family member or friend that can drive you places, consider hiring a healthcare provider. He or she can help you travel to and from appointments and ensure you get to your destinations safely.
Assist with Daily Activities
The type of methods your surgeon used to replace your hip will determine the amount of weight you can place on your legs. For example, if your surgeon used cement to attach any necessary joint replacements, you may not be able to put as much weight on your legs. After surgery, your surgeon will notify you of any restrictions on your physical activity.
Most patients will require a cane, walker, or crutches to get around for a few weeks following surgery. You may need help with basic, day-to-day activities during this time of limited mobility. A healthcare provider can assist you with getting out of bed, making meals, and walking around your home.
Help You Take Necessary Medications
Most doctors will prescribe a few medications after hip replacement surgery. Some medications your doctor may prescribe include pain and blood clot medications. If your doctor does prescribe blood clot medication, you likely only have to take this medication for up to ten days after your surgery. A healthcare provider can help you remember to take necessary medications if needed.
Help with Exercise
After hip replacement surgery, most patients require physical therapy. Along with physical therapy, your doctor will likely provide you with an at-home exercise program.
Some exercises in your program may include short walks and stretches. These types of exercises help improve your endurance, strength, and flexibility.
The closer you adhere to your recommended exercise program, the quicker you will likely recover. Once you gain more mobility, your doctor may recommend a more strenuous exercise program, including activities such as golfing, dancing, or biking. A healthcare provider can help you with any exercises your doctor prescribes.
Care for Your Incision
The incision on your hip will normally be closed with medical staples. The doctor will usually remove these staples two weeks after surgery. However, you may experience irritation and bruising near the incision after the staples are removed.
A healthcare provider can help you care for your incision site to relieve discomfort. For instance, if you feel burning sensations near the incision, a healthcare provider can help you use analgesics to relieve discomfort. Your healthcare provider may also need to re-bandage your hip area regularly.
Prevent Safety Hazards in Your Home
If you fall after your surgery, you could damage your hip. Your healthcare provider can help you make your home safe during your recovery. Some modifications may include the following:
- Cleaning cluttered areas
- Clearing away loose electrical cords
- Installing a bench in your shower
- Moving commonly used items to waist-level, so you don’t have to bend or reach for the item
- Moving items that you will need from the upstairs or downstairs to the level where you will be staying
- Securing any loose rugs
You may want to make these modifications before your surgery. However, if you don’t have time or the ability, a healthcare provider can assist you after the surgery.
Call Argus Home Health Care before your surgery to schedule a healthcare provider for assistance after your surgery. When you prepare for surgery in advance, you can minimize your risk of complications and ensure a safe and smooth recovery.
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